Last month I visited Antietam National Battlefield and spent an entire day there photographing the battlefield. Starting tomorrow, I will be sharing some of the pictures taken at Antietam.
The battle that took place on September 17, 1862 around Antietam Creek was the bloodiest single day of fighting in American history, with 23,000 Union and Confederate soldiers killed, wounded or missing. It was a battle that many in the North hoped would destroy Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and bring an end to the conflict. But at the end of the day, the lines of battle were much as they were at the beginning, and neither side won any significant strategic advantage. Late the next day, Lee's army forded the Potomac River and returned to Virginia.